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Easy Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce

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  • Prep 2 min
  • Total 10 min
  • Servings 32
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Out of barbecue sauce? No problem! It's simple and fast to make. You may never buy it again.
by: Sarah Walker Caron
Updated Aug 4, 2016
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  • 1 can Muir Glen™ organic tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup water


  • 1
    Add the tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, honey, molasses, salt, dry mustard, garlic powder, allspice, sweet paprika and chili powder to a small saucepan. Whisk together over medium heat until incorporated.
  • 2
    Add the water to the pan, still heating over medium heat, and whisk to combine. Continue whisking and heating until the mixture begins to bubble, about 4-5 minutes.
  • 3
    Taste, and season with ground black pepper, as desired. Whisk for 1 more minute and then remove from heat. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month.

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More About This Recipe

  • Don’t you hate when you run out of something that you are so used to having like mayo, ketchup and (gasp) barbecue sauce? I do. It totally drives me crazy. Especially since it usually happens right when I am about to serve home fabulous homemade chicken fingers.

    But it doesn’t have to be a total disaster. In fact, with a few basic ingredients and spices, you can have homemade barbecue sauce in about 10 minutes.

    No, really. I mean it.

    Easy Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce is so fast to whip up that you’ll barely notice you did much more than measure.

    Don’t be fooled by the ingredients list – it looks long, but really just involves a little measuring and mixing to make. Seriously, making homemade barbecue sauce couldn’t be simpler or easier.

    And better yet, it’s super cost-effective. You probably have most of the seasonings on hand already … then all you need is balsamic vinegar (a pantry staple!) and tomato paste (another pantry staple!). Easy peasy.

    Now, this is a mild and sweet Honey Barbecue Sauce recipe. Want to make it spicy? Use chipotle powder in place of the chili powder, and double the amount. You can also used smoked paprika in place of the Hungarian Sweet Paprika for a little more heat.

    Great Sides for Barbecue Dinners

    So you’ve got some delish pork chops or ribs or chicken on the brain. Yum. This barbecue sauce is the ticket for that success. But what to serve with it? Try one or two of these perfect side kicks:

    Glazed Carrots and Parsnips
    Green Beans with Colored Peppers
    Baby Peas with Lemon Pepper and Honey
    Zucchini with Edamame and Tomatoes
    Grilled Corn on the Cob with Herb Butter

    Here's the barbecue sauce recipe -- get cooking!

    Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella.

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